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@ 571 7544;; Angliyskaya nab 44; adult/student R60/30; S 11am-5pm Thu-Tue; ® Vasileostrovskaya

History buffs should not miss this oft-overlooked but superb local museum. It is housed in the majestic 1826 mansion of Count Nikolai Petrovich Rumyantsev, a famous diplomat, politician and statesman, as well as an amateur historian. His personal research library became the basis for the Russian State Library in Moscow. The history of the mansion and its owners is fascinating in itself.

Part of the State Museum of the History of St Petersburg, the bulk of the exhibitions at the mansion address 20th-century history, including displays devoted to the 1921 New Economic Policy (NEP), the industrialisation and development of the 1930s, and the Siege of Leningrad during WWII. Exhibitions are unusual in that they depict everyday life in the city during these historic periods. Ask for the explanatory guide in English at the ticket office downstairs.

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